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California Kill Switch Law Seen Going National

By signing in to a law a bill that requires anti-theft kill switches on smartphones, California Gov. Jerry Brown has set what will likely be a nationwide standard for wireless devices shipped across the nation. The law, which Brown signed Monday, takes effect in July 2015. It requires smartphones sold in the state to come with a built-in technology that allows a person to remotely erase the information from their phone or render it unusable if their phone is stolen. That ruins the phone’s resale value, which is the main reason smartphones get swiped. A key feature of the California law requires manufacturers to ship their products to the state with the kill-switch technology automatically activated. Because California, with its 38 million residents, is the nations biggest cellphone market and a major hub of the tech industry, the new rule is expected to set a precedent that will roll across the country.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.